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Despite my best intentions, I have been knocked off some of the habits I have been trying to build. Maybe you can relate.
Here are some things I have learned:
- Interruptions Happen. They are a part of life.
- Pay Attention to the Interruptions. Sometimes they are not obstacles to overcome, but part of a story waiting to be told.
- Habits Are Built on Streaks. If one streak is broken, start a new one.
What new streak will you begin this week?
Tomorrow is one of those rare occasions (Leap Year) when an extra day is inserted into your calendar.
Now that we have we what wished for, what will we do with this extra day?
It's a simplified version of an earlier practice* and I think you will find this to be powerful way to recognize and respond to God in everyday life- in part because it is so simple. Here's how:
There is nothing "small" about "small deeds" offered by "ordinary folk." Indeed, this is the stuff of heaven and bears the fingerprints of God. What acts of generosity and kindness will you offer today?
I used to do a Gratitude Check at the end of each day. I would review the day and pick out 5 things for which I was most grateful. That is still a good practice, but I found a way to turbo-charge it.
God loves to meet us in the very places we try desperately to avoid. What are the broken places in your life that might be used this week?
+ A project completed
+ Problems (and "problematic people") avoided
We all keep score about what makes for a "Good Day" differently, but it often has something to do with higher productivity and fewer interruptions. That is a good way to keep score... if the point of your life is to make widgets.